Articles from October 2010



#097 Today In Technology History by: Amy Elk

10/31/10 “Jet Propulsion Lab and Halloween” –

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002 – On Vox – Featuring Amy Elk and Chris Pope – 10/30/10 – OnVoxShow.com

10/30/10 Guest: Scott Fletcher. Go to OnVoxShow.com for more information! This show is part of the Tech Jives Network and is sponsored by www.CEDSolutions.com

#096 Today In Technology History by: Amy Elk

10/30/10 “TV and Tourettes” –

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#033-Tech Barbarians – 10/27/10 – TechBarbarians.com with Jenni Powell from “The Guild”

10-27-10 Guest: Jenni Powell from “The Guild” joins for some fun discussions and an interview! This show is sponsored by: www.CEDSolutions.com

#095 Today In Technology History by: Amy Elk

10/29/10 “Astronauts and Asteroids” –

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How to protect against Firesheep attacks

Experts suggest defensive measures to ward off Firefox add-on’s hijacking of Facebook, Twitter sessions via Wi-Fi
By Gregg Keizer – October 26, 2010 07:29 PM ET

Computerworld – Security experts today suggested ways users can protect themselves against Firesheep, the new Firefox browser add-on that lets amateurs hijack users’ access to Facebook, Twitter and other popular services.

Firesheep adds a sidebar to Mozilla’s Firefox browser that shows when anyone on an open network — such as a coffee shop’s Wi-Fi network — visits an insecure site.

A simple double-click gives a hacker instant access to logged-on sites ranging from Twitter and Facebook to bit.ly and Flickr.

Since researcher Eric Butler released Firesheep on Sunday, the add-on has been downloaded nearly 220,000 times.

“I was in a Peet’s Coffee today, and someone was using Firesheep,” said Andrew Storms, director of security operations at San Francisco-based nCircle Security. “There were only 10 people in there, and one was using it!”

But users aren’t defenseless, Storms and several other experts maintained.

One way they can protect themselves against rogue Firesheep users, experts said on Tuesday, is to avoid public Wi-Fi networks that aren’t encrypted and available only with a password.

However, Ian Gallagher, a senior security engineer with Security Innovation, argued that tosses out the baby with the bathwater. Gallagher is one of the two researchers who debuted Firesheep last weekend at a San Diego conference.

“While open Wi-Fi is the prime proving ground for Firesheep, it’s not the problem,” Gallagher said in a blog post earlier on Tuesday. “This isn’t a vulnerability in Wi-Fi, it’s the lack of security from the sites you’re using.”

Free, open Wi-Fi is not only taken for granted by many, but it’s not the problem. There are plenty of low-risk activities one can do on the Internet at a public hotspot, including reading news or looking up the address of a nearby eatery.

So if Wi-Fi stays, what’s a user to do?

The best defense, said Chet Wisniewski, a senior security adviser at antivirus vendor Sophos, is to use a VPN (virtual private network) when connecting to public Wi-Fi networks at an airport or coffee shop, for example.

While many business workers use a VPN to connect to their office network while they’re on the road, consumers typically lack that secure “tunnel” to the Internet.

“But there are some VPN services that you can subscribe to for $5 to $10 month that will prevent someone running Firesheep from ‘sidejacking’ your sessions,” Wisniewski said.

For more, visit Computerworld.com

#094 Today In Technology History by: Amy Elk

10/28/10 “Jonas Salk and a Tired Host” –

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Court orders LimeWire to cease file-sharing business

P2P software maker had been accused by music industry of enabling massive piracy

by Jaikumar Vijayan

Oct 26, 2010 07:15 pm | Computerworld

In a major victory for the music industry, a New York federal judge has ordered embattled P2P software maker LimeWire to immediately and permanently stop distributing and supporting its file-sharing software.

In a 17-page injunction (PDF document) issued on Tuesday, Judge Kimba Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered LimeWire to cease the searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and file distribution functionality of LimeWire’s P2P file-sharing software.

The injunction instructed LimeWire to immediately communicate the court’s decision to all users of the software and to all of the company’s employees, principals and other stakeholders. It gave the company 14 days to report back to the court on the steps LimeWire has taken to comply with the order.

A spokeswoman for the company today stressed that the court’s order does not mean that LimeWire is shutting down and said that it only prevents LimeWire from distributing or supporting its P2P software.

It does not prohibit the company from going ahead with its previously announced plans to launch a subscription based music service and neither does it prohibit the company from operating its online store, the LimeWire spokeswoman said.

“While this is not our ideal path, we hope to work with the music industry in moving forward,” the spokeswoman said by e-mail. “We look forward to embracing necessary changes and collaborating with the entire music industry in the future.”

The court injunction is a huge victory for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which has been trying to get the court to shut down LimeWire for quite some time.

The RIAA and the music labels it represents have accused LimeWire and its chief executive, Mark Gorton, of willfully enabling widespread copyright infringement.

For more, visit Computerworld.com

#093 Today In Technology History by: Amy Elk

10/27/10 “SSETI and Saturn I” – TiTH.TechJives.net by:Amy Elk Keywords: amy elk podcast tech jives techjives techjives.net chris pope today in technology history amyelk.com voice actress Feedburner RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/tith

#034–Apptastic iGame Review – 10/26/10 www.ApptasticReviewers.com with TechJives.net

10/26/10 Guest: Sara Verkaik guest hosts with us! Reviews: Mindmeister, xBlaze, iExpeneit, Cross Fingers, Haypi Bears, Tesla